In an article that appears in the December 2010 issue of Interaction’s Monday Developments magazine, the American Cancer Society challenges the widely held assumption that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) , which include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer, are wealthy countries’ diseases and do not constitute a threat for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The piece, titled “Time to Transform Global Health: Incorporating noncommunicable diseases into global public health efforts,” presents current scientific evidence on the global epidemiological transition and changing burden of diseases and highlights the discrepancy between the growing burden of NCDs and the actual low prioritization of this issue on the global health and development agenda. Outlining the objectives of the September 2011 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs, the article stresses the importance of a commitment on behalf of heads of states toward the prevention and control of these diseases.
InterAction is an organization that acts as an alliance between about 200 US-based NGOs working in the field of global poverty relief and encourages collaboration on tackling global challenges from different perspectives. Their monthly magazine, Monday Developments, features information about InterAction’s members, as well as in-depth news and commentary on global trends that affect relief, refugee, and development work.
To read the article, please click on this link to visit the American Cancer Society’s Global Health Web site.